Recap: The X Files S 03 E 02 Paper Clip


  • Can't Stop the Signal: Skinner secures Mulder and Scully's safety by informing CSM that the information on the tape has been memorized by Albert Hosteen and twenty other randomly chosen Navajo, all of whom have been instructed to go public if Mulder or Scully are harmed.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Skinner changed from a shady figure who might be evil to a still shady figure who would always back Mulder and Scully up.
  • Gunpoint Banter: Scully and Skinner after the teaser, and Mulder joins a moment later.
  • Herr Doktor: Nazi Mad Scientist Victor Klemper. (Not to be confused with the real-world Victor Klemperer.)
  • Magical Native American: Mulder was brought back to life by a Native American ritual after getting gassed in a boxcar full of dead alien hybrids — although Albert Hosteen's role does turn out to be far more layered and important than just being a Font of Native Wisdom.
  • Mexican Standoff: Scully and Skinner's continues from "Blessing Way". Mulder joins them and resolves the issue.
  • Evil Brit: The Well-Manicured Man.
  • Sadistic Choice: William Mulder was forced to choose whether Fox or Samantha would be abducted.
  • Those Wacky Nazis
  • Truth in Television: Operation Paperclip.